Sherri Shepherd will make her Broadway debut Sept. 9 in "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella," playing Madame, the wicked stepmother, the producers announced Tuesday.
The exiting "View" co-host will star alongside Keke Palmer, Broadway's first African-American Cinderella, who joins the show the same night.
"Overwhelmed by the love from everyone as I make my Broadway debut," Shepherd, 47, tweeted Tuesday, immediately adding in an aside to Palmer, "Played your mother in . . . 'Abducted: The Carlina White Story' . . . now I'm playing your mother again on Broadway. I love you girl! Excited & can't wait."
Replied Palmer, 21, "I love you more. This is going to be so fun!"
"Just got back from my first fitting," Shepherd later wrote. "Whew they got me bustled and corsetted [sic] up. Loving it #GodIsGood."
Even before the two had tweeted, singer-actress Queen Latifah had already posted, "Congrats are in order for Keke Palmer taking on the role of Cinderella & Sherri Shepherd as her stepmother."
Also Tuesday, TMZ.com said the baby Shepherd and her estranged husband Lamar Sally were expecting via surrogacy was born Tuesday in Pennsylvania. The site said Shepherd was uninterested in raising the baby boy following her separation. People magazine previously reported that according to Los Angeles Superior Court documents, Sally has asked for full custody. Shepherd already has a son, Jeffrey, 9, with first husband Jeff Tarpley.